“Vintage steam train to take tourists on a slow journey through the landscapes of Tuscany and Emilia Romagna on the 700th anniversary of Dante’s death.” [. . .] —Wanted in Rome, June 7, 2021
Posted to Instagram by La Repubblica and L’Espresso Settimanale illustrator Mauro Biani (@maurobia) on Dantedì (March 25) 2021. The image was also shared on La Repubblica.
Contributed by Carmelo Galati (Temple University)
A brief overview of Dante’s influence and impact on the arts and on people all over the world, and notes our own Dante Today:
[…] “The poem’s influences are so wide and far-ranging that three American universities have collaborated on a website to keep track of them all. Since 2006, Dante Today has been archiving every present-day reference to the poem, through “sightings” and “citings”. They’re pretty thorough, even adding a hot-sauce brand called 10th Circle to their archive last month.” […] –Rachel Lopez, Hindustani Times, February 20, 2021
“L’infiorata di Noto is an annual event in Noto, Sicilia, which creates an extended street design made entirely of flowers. This year’s design is dedicated to the 700th anniversary of Dante’s death.” –Contributor Kate McKee
“La 42esima Infiorata di via Nicolaci si farà e sarà un omaggio a Dante Alighieri. Si svolgerà dal 14 al 16 maggio, nel massimo rispetto delle normative anticontagio da Covid-19, privilegiando ancora una volta il messaggio di forza, speranza e resilienza che Noto vuole mandare al Mondo intero, come già successo con l’edizione 2020 dal tema ‘La Bellezza è più Forte della Paura’.” —Infiorata di Noto website (accessed May 17, 2021)
The theme of this year’s annual festival is “E quindi uscimmo a riveder le stelle,” which, as the above citation explains, celebrates the strength, hope, and resilience of Noto in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic.
Contributed by Kate McKee (Bowdoin College ’22)
A conversation with Eva Del Soldato and Marco Aresu.
Watch or listen to the video of “Inferno 25: Ophidiophobia” here.
Canto per Canto: Conversations with Dante in Our Time is a collaborative initiative of the Department of Italian Studies and Casa Italiana Zerilli-Marimò at NYU together with the Dante Society of America, conceived during the 2020 Covid-19 lockdown in anticipation of the seventh centennial commemoration of Dante’s death in the year 2021. Members of the Dante Society recorded conversations with friends and colleagues on their favorite cantos, reflecting on what Dante has to say to us now, in our time. All 100 cantos of the Divine Comedy will be published at a rate of two cantos per week over the course of a year, starting in September 2020.